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Chinese spacecraft successfully lands on the back side of the moon

China probe readies to land on dark side of the Moon China’s lunar probe changes orbit to land on dark side of moon
Cary Marshall | 02 January, 2019, 03:37

At 12:12 a.m. ET on January 21, a rare lunar phenomenon known as a super blood wolf moon eclipse will be visible in the night skies over North and South America and western parts of Europe and Africa.

And even more exciting, it's the first of a number of notable astronomical events to arrive in 2019.

The Eta Aquarids was created by the dusty debris left behind by Halley's Comet, which flew by Earth in 1986, and although the famous comet won't be entering our solar system again until 2061, its remnants appear in our skies each year. Such eclipses are sometimes known as "blood moons" as a result of the alignment of the solar, Earth, and moon which prompts their incidence causes photovoltaic rays to go through the environment, giving the planet a reddish tint. As per the EarthSky, from beginning to end, the umbral lunar eclipse will remain merely for over 3 and-a-half hours, with entirety accounting for approximately an hour this time. When the moon moves into the Earth's umbra, or shadow cast by the sun, it takes on a coppery red color, earning the nickname "blood moon".

In the late afternoon of July 2, a total solar eclipse will occur over southern parts of Chile and Argentina, and parts of the South Pacific.

A total lunar eclipse will be visible on January 21.

China has confirmed that the mission is on target and is expected to make its historic soft landing on the moon between January 1 and January 3.

The reason the landing on the far side of the moon is so hard is that direct communication between the rover and Earth will be blocked.

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What is a Blood Moon?

During a supermoon, the moon appears larger in the sky.

NASA explains: "This happens for the exact same reason our sunrises and sunsets here on Earth are brilliant shades of pinks and oranges".

The effect is known as Rayleigh Scattering and weirdly is also responsible for the blue colour of some eyes.

What is a "super blood moon"?

These two variables make it look 14 percent bigger and 30 percent more brilliant than it typically does, as per Space.com.

While humans have visited the near side, or the visible side of the moon multiple times, the dark side of the moon has long fascinated humanity. The marvel will likewise be noticeable from South America and parts of western Europe, and the moon will wear its ruby shading for around 60 minutes.

According to The Sky website, next month will kick off with the Quantrids meteor shower (Jan. 3-4), followed by a partial solar eclipse January 6.

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